耽美

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Chinese[edit]

covet; enjoy beautiful; beauty; America
simp. and trad.
(耽美)
Literally: “to covet beauty”.

Etymology[edit]

Originally coined in Japanese as a translation of “aestheticism” (equivalent Chinese term: 唯美主義), and was applied in the description of BL-themed comics since the 1970s which at the time were mostly aesthetic and romantic. The latter meaning was later reintroduced into Chinese (as wasei kango).

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Noun[edit]

耽美

  1. (slang) love between men or boys, especially as a literary genre; boys' love (BL)

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